Is it OK to NOT like classical music?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Grant, Apr 7, 2013.

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  1. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Resident blabbermouth

    I was never a fan of opera.

    Then I listened to a compilation of arias by Maria Callas.

    Whatever "it" is, she had it.
  2. Sordel

    Sordel Forum Resident

    Midlands, UK
    I agree that it's misused but what's the alternative? I've heard concert music, meaning music for the concert hall, but that seems stupid. And academic music is both patronising and suppositious. There is literally no good alternative to using Classical, or I'd use it!

    I realise that your tongue is in your cheek here but I heard a talk once where the speaker said that opera is the greatest projection of a culture's power & prestige. That's why there was an explosion in grand opera in the U.S. after the fall of the Soviet Pact, or why Wagner & Verdi coincided with the campaigns for nationhood in Germany and Italy. People often dismiss opera because it seems elitist & irrelevant but in fact it's far closer to the mainspring of cultural identity than most people recognise. When you see it in the same light as building Concord or landing on the moon you see why opera may not be loved it but it “shouldn't” be ignored.
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  3. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit Thread Starter

    Right there! That's where people are wrong, and why many people reject classical music. It's the ignorant idea that only intelligent people listen to classical music. What? Unintelligent people don't like classical music?
  4. Carl Swanson

    Carl Swanson Resident blabbermouth

    The gibe is that it's beyond their "understanding."


    As I related earlier, I connected with serious music on an emotional level; I was (am?) musically illiterate in terms of theory, composition, etc. I just know I like how it makes me feel.
  5. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    it is OK to BE YOU dude.

    who gives a rat's bottom what anybody thinks. this is about you, and your own personal relationship with .... 'music' ..........

    like what you like, and dislike what you do not like ......

    whatEVER. but at the end of the day, an open mind is a wonderous thing ! there is endless music for everyone to discover.... if they so choose ......
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  6. Sear

    Sear Forum Resident

    Tarragona (Spain)
    I know it's the best music ever, I know my favorite records (Love's Forever changes, Exile on main street, etc) are crap, rubbish, compared to the great composers.. But honestly, I can't get into classical music, I rather listen to Ramones anytime
  7. Vinylfindco

    Vinylfindco Forum Resident

    if you liked Bugs Bunny cartoons, you like classical and don’t even know it!
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  8. ukrules

    ukrules Forum Resident

    Union, Kentucky
    Today A New World Record by ELO came on my album shuffle. The song "Rockaria" was a fun listen given this thread.
  9. Ostinato

    Ostinato Well-Known Member

    So what are we talking about when we're talking about classical music? Mozart? Stravinsky? Messiaen? John Williams? Johann Johannsson? Ryuichi Sakamoto? The Beatles? I really don't understand how anyone can claim they don't like classical music. It's such a sweeping statement to make. So you think you don't like classical music? Give me an hour or two and I'll find you a piece of 'classical music' that you like.
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  10. ukrules

    ukrules Forum Resident

    Union, Kentucky
    Start with some chamber music like Martha Argerich's Debut Recital album. That lady was like a rock star back in the day. The track "Toccata" will get your blood pumpin'.
  11. Grant

    Grant A 60s, 70s & 90s Lovin' Musical Free-Spirit Thread Starter

    I don't know if you've read my posts in the thread, but I made it clear at some point that I like classical music and grew up with it. Again, the reason I started this thread several years ago is because there are people who think you have a problem or are less intelligent if you don't like it.
  12. Sure it's OK. It means you're a philistine, but it's OK. :)
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  13. Be Bop Deluxe

    Be Bop Deluxe Forum Resident

    And not only a "philistine", Dudley, but a "plaid-jacketed pointdexter" of a philistine! - Didn't mean to drag out the heavy artillery but I've decided that your "take no prisoners" approach is far more effective than negotiating... and a hell of a lot more fun!
  14. Dennis Metz

    Dennis Metz Born In A Motor City!

    Fonthill, Ontario
  15. stereoptic

    stereoptic Anaglyphic GORT Staff

    Thread closed - 5 years later as the OP has received his answer
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